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Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Jon E. Lopey 305 Butte Street Yreka, CA 96097 (530) 841-2900 (Dispatch) News Release For Immediate Release: SHERIFF’S OFFICE PROBES TRAGIC DEATH OF LOCAL KAYAKER MAY 10, 2019 On Thursday, May 9, 2019 at about 5:30 p.m., Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) Deputy Jon Erickson responded to a report of a man that fell from a high cliff at the Box Canyon Trail Head, which leads to a kayak access point along the Sacramento River. Prior to the deputy’s arrival, Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) advised SCSO Dispatch that the man was pronounced dead after a local physician, and later, Mt. Shasta Fire Department emergency medical services (EMS) first responders initiated a gallant effort to revive the unconscious man. As a precautionary measure, SCSO’s Search and Rescue (SAR) team and its coordinator, Deputy Mike Burns, were alerted to respond to the scene. According to witnesses and associates of the man, he was traversing a steep trail leading to the Sacramento River access point, east of the Box Canyon Dam, carrying a kayak, when he slipped, slid down the steep trail area, and fell over the edge of a nearby cliff. A companion and local physician immediately responded to the victim’s location, which was near the river bank and initiated life-saving aid, including cardo-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Despite a prolonged and heroic attempt to revive the man, his efforts were ultimately unsuccessful, and the victim succumbed to his injuries and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The local man, identified as Mr. Leif Convers Hansen, 61, of the local Mt. Shasta area. Mr. Hansen was a long-time resident and active and popular member of the local community. According to Sheriff Jon Lopey, “On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to the decedent, his family, and friends in the aftermath of his tragic death. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Hansen’s companions and commend them for the extraordinary efforts to rescue and revive him after his fall. The Mount Shasta Fire Department, CAL FIRE, Dunsmuir-Castella Volunteer Fire Department, and Mt. Shasta Ambulance first responders arrived at the scene quickly and did an excellent job in an attempt to save Mr. Hansen. The California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Northern Division Helicopter-14 crew responded to the scene and assisted local first responders by extracting Mr. Hansen’s body from the scene. All of the rescue participants, law enforcement, fire, and EMS first responders conducted their rescue duties in steep, rocky, inhospitable terrain under difficult and potentially dangerous circumstances. Anyone with information about this case that has not already been interviewed by law enforcement personnel is urged to contact SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”



MT. SHASTA MAN DEAD FOLLOWING CLIFF FALL ALONG SACRAMENTO RIVER
 















The man was trying to bring his kayak down to an access point on the river, according to witnesses.
Posted: May. 10, 2019 1:11 PM
Updated: May. 10, 2019 3:09 PM

Witnesses told SCSO that 61-year-old Leif Convers Hansen of Mt. Shasta was heading down a steep trail with his kayak, trying to reach an access point on the Sacramento River east of the Box Canyon Dam. Investigators believe that Hansen slipped on the trail, began sliding down a steep decline, then fell over the edge of a cliff.

SCSO said that a companion of Hansen's and a local doctor rushed to where Hansen landed along the riverbank, trying to tend his wounds and deliver CPR.

"Despite a prolonged and heroic attempt to revive the man, his efforts were ultimately unsuccessful and the victim succumbed to his injuries and he was pronounced dead at the scene," the agency said.

Deputies and the SCSO Search & Rescue team responded around 5:30 p.m., finding out that the doctor and EMS teams had already pronounced Hansen dead.

"On behalf of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, I would like to offer our thoughts and prayers to the decedent, his family, and friends in the aftermath of his tragic death," said Sheriff Jon Lopey. "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Hansen’s companions and commend them for the extraordinary efforts to rescue and revive him after his fall."